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Reply to "What's the benefits/risks with keeping a player back a school year?"

Orlando2022Dad posted:

Have heard few families decide to keep their player back a year. Talking 8th graders here. One even decided to do virtual home school. Why would someone do this?

"Redshirting" K-12 kids has been going on for some time now, as well as relocating kids to a better district athletically or academically.  Parents are trying to help their kids get an advantage.   They may be good intentions but not sure if this is the answer to everybody's problem.

Whether or not the parents are truly helping their son or daughter is the real question in my mind.  I would defer to someone who is significantly more qualified for advice (psychologist or specialist) rather than running off willy-nilly to keep them back a grade because they didn't make the middle school baseball team or struggling with grades.  This is a significant decision in a child's life.  

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